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Re: Antipsychotics and Brain Volume Babbler20

Posted by SLS on October 16, 2013, at 5:05:33

In reply to Re: Antipsychotics and Brain Volume, posted by Babbler20 on October 15, 2013, at 23:28:22

> I can't imagine that taking a pill could decrease the size of your brain. Is there proof of this? I don't mean to second-guess you, this just seems sort of implausible.

I have not researched this subject very much, but it does seem that antipsychotics can reduce brain volume to some relatively small and variable degree according to quite a few studies. One confounding factor in studies is that many people with untreated schizophrenia have reduced volume of brain tissue and enlarged brain ventricles.

For now, I am not concerned with these findings, and continue to take an antipsychotic (Abilify). I have not seen any literature associating AP-induced tissue shrinkage to alterations in mental function.


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